Jeremy Martin

Jeremy Martin

About Jeremy
Hello, my name is Jeremy Martin, and I'm a wanderer, writer, and whatever else day-to-day life requires. I am fascinated by place, by the journey, by the diversity of ideas and experiences in the world....
Projects
I try to always be working on something for myself: projects like this aren't about producing anything in particular, they're a form of play, play is a way of exploring, and the best part of...

About The Restless Lens

Welcome to The Restless Lens, where you’ll find my personal interests, inspirations, ideas, and work, all outside the walls of social media; independent, strange, eclectic, typically mediocre, and completely un-monetizable, this is the way the internet should be.

My Writing

Visions of the Apocalypse
Visions of the Apocalypse
I have, for many years now, frequently found myself held rapt by unexpected visions of the apocalypse. Upon a rooftop bar, for example, I will...
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The Eclipse
The Eclipse
This morning I've noticed that many accounts of yesterday's total eclipse contain a statement along the lines of "I was not prepared for how beautiful/spiritual/amazing...
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The Key and the String
The Key and the String
Addie and I are staying the month in a small and very lovely war-era Dutch row house, which our host generously gives us freedom to...
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A Brief Guide to My Emoji Usage
A Brief Guide to My Emoji Usage
I was sending someone a text message the other day and needed just the right emoji. The conversation was completely over by the time I...
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Interesting Links

Photography That Treats Dementia
Photography That Treats Dementia
It's tempting to think of art as a purely aesthetic pursuit, a process that generates beautiful things to hang on the walls of galleries and...
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Parlez-Nous A Boire
Parlez-Nous A Boire
One of my favorite songs in the world is “Parlez-Nous A Boire,” or “Let’s talk about drinking.” The title alone, which is also the first...
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Badass Women
Badass Women
It's painfully obvious to anyone paying attention that history tends to be a little (a lot), well, skewed toward the male side of things. All...
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Against Argument
Because there's no shortage of writing about politics (if thats still what we're calling it these days), I'm especially refreshed when I read a new and...
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Mapping Above and Below the City
Mapping Above and Below the City
If you're anything like me, its impossible to follow a set of stairs into any subway system without wondering how everything above ground interfaces with...
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Kill The Parking
Kill The Parking
Mexico City is ditching parking requirements for new development. Why in the world would one of the most traffic-congested cities in the world (a ranking...
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The Eastern Capital
The Eastern Capital
Here's a vaguely architectural project that impinges upon the more pleasant periphery of the artistic: imagine a project to rebrand China as a cultural rather...
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Read On

Expression, curation, and exploration. Check out specific categories in the menu above, or the full stream below.

House

I am sitting in my house writing this. Well, its not actually mine but I’ve lived here nearly a decade now, and I know it as well as the owner who has lived on the other side of the wall for only a little bit longer. I know every inch of floor …

On The Mountains

I spent the first morning of vacation drinking coffee in the kitchen, watching the sun scatter through the tree canopy and reflect in bright colors off of the iridescent plumage of turkeys scavenging on the forest floor outside. It was chilly, so I waited until the sun had time to …

Keeping Up Influences

I don’t seem to read much anymore. I am writing this to work out what that means. It bothers me. But I’ve been writing. I can write good, tight pieces, as long as I have an idea of course, the idea being the big challenge. I have all the tools …

Coastal Louisiana

They say it was the Indians who, in their wanderings, brought the acorns that seeded the oaks that line the secret interior roads that stretch back from the sands of Grand Isle. The word that the beachfront historical display uses is actually “dropped”, indicating (to me at least) a sense …

Kids These Days

All the kids these days have suburban dreams or else want to live in Brooklyn they want status symbols and creature comforts and the best of everything for a price that can’t be beat they want artisanal happiness in attractive packaging designed by someone they’d maybe like to be or …

Big Data

So, how many billion people are we up to these days anyway? Seven? Eight? How many different kinds of people are there in those seven or eight billion? The grade school answer is that every one of them is different and special in their own way. The reality is, especially …

Dream People

I’ve been having more dreams lately, vivid dreams. This happens every now and then, my subconsciousness kicks into high gear and fills my nights with adventures and characters. The adventures are weird, but run of the mill dream weird, full of disjointed scenes painted with emotion and colored by false …

For My Neighborhood

I wrote the passage below in 2007 in a city still profoundly shaken by Katrina. The upside to all the darkness of the times, both literal and figurative, was that the bright spots stood out that much brighter. I remember these bright spots, stores in oasis of light, candlelit bars …

New Years

The calendar is an arbitrary thing, really: when the modern year starts and stops is the result of more history and random happenstance than I care to research. Suffice it to say there appears to be nothing magic about the transition from December to January. There is no mark in …